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'Rafale Papers': the 'bogus invoices' used to help French firm clinch sale of jets to India

France — Investigation

Mediapart is today publishing the alleged false invoices that enabled French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation to pay at least 7.5 million euros in secret commissions to a middleman to help secure the sale of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft to India. Yet despite the existence of these documents, the Indian federal police has decided not to pursue the affair and has not begun an investigation. Yann Philippin reports.

Rafale Papers: when Dassault middleman engaged a former Indian lieutenant general

International — Investigation

Sushen Gupta, the Indian business intermediary paid several million euros for his role in helping French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation conclude its sale to India of 36 Rafale fighter jets, provided remunerations to a former high-ranking Indian army officer and his daughter via offshore companies, involving questionable services and invoices. The retired officer and his daughter insist nothing illegal took place. Yann Philippin reports.   

‘Rafale Papers’: a video summary of a complex story

International — Investigation

Mediapart has published a series of investigations into the circumstances of the 7.8-billion-euro sale by France to India of 36 Rafale fighter jets, which is clouded by suspicions of large-scale corruption. In this short video with English subtitles, Yann Philippin explains the key revelations and background of Mediapart’s investigations into this most complex story.

India's Modi faces new 'corruption' allegations over French fighter deal

International — Investigation

As India heads into tightly fought general elections on Thursday, outgoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become further engulfed in a suspected corruption scandal surrounding the sale by France to India of 36 Rafale fighter jets, built by French group Dassault Aviation, in a deal he signed in 2016. It emerged this weekend that, during negotiations over the contract, the French tax authorities extraordinarily wrote off a tax debt of more than 140 million euros owed by a French company belonging to Anil Ambani, an Indian businessman and friend of Modi’s, whose company was made industrial partner in the deal in questionable circumstances. Meanwhile, anti-corruption NGO Sherpa has submitted further information to the French public prosecution services over numerous “irregularities” that implicate the different parties in the contract, worth 7.7 billion euros.

India confirms deal to buy 36 fighter jets from France

International — Link

The defence ministers of the two countries will sign the deal in New delhi on Friday for Indias' purchase of 36 Dassault-built Rafale jets, reportedly at a cost of around 7.9 billion euros.

France and Qatar ink 6.4 bln-euro contract for 24 Dassault fighter jets

International — Link

President François Hollande travelled to Doha to sign the Rafale deal, the fighter plane's third foreign contract after sales to Egypt, India.

France to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar

France — Link

Deal estimated in excess of €6bn is third such contract in under 3 months and highlights recent revival of the jet’s commercial prospects.

India PM seals fighter jet deal during visit to France

International — Link

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi said India had agreed to buy 36 Rafale jets which will be built in France, in a deal worth 4 billion euros.

France's Dassault loses Brazil fighter jet contract

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Dassault's hopes of a multi-billion-euro deal to sell its Rafale fighter jet to Brazil have been dashed after the contract was given to Saab.

Top executives join France exodus

France — Link

New evidence of senior managers leaving the country emerges as President François Hollande battles stalling economy and tumbling approval ratings.

How France helped both sides in the Falklands War

International — Link

As the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War approaches, the BBC reports on how a French arms technical team leant help to the Argentine junta.

Rafale fighter jet doomed if no sales abroad, says French defence minister

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The French defence minister says defence giant Dassault would halt production of its Rafale multirole fighter jet if it remains unable to sell any abroad.